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State Lawmakers Want SBI Probe of Flights From Johnston Airport

Posted January 18, 2007
Updated January 19, 2007

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A group of state lawmakers wrote to Attorney General Roy Cooper on Thursday asking that he order the State Bureau of Investigation to probe reports of illegal activity at the Johnston County Airport.

It's a complicated case involving international terror suspects, allegations of kidnapping and torture and a suspected tie to Smithfield.

The letter from 22 legislators asks for the SBI to investigate Aero Contractors.

The CBS news magazine "60 Minutes" aired a story in 2005 about secret Central Intelligence Agency flights that were part of the abduction of terrorism suspects, a process known as rendition.

"60 Minutes" said the flights began in North Carolina.

WRAL has learned that a Swedish news crew traced the flights to Aero Contractors, a company based at the Johnston County Airport.

Aero denies any involvement in the flights.

The lawmakers told Cooper that the SBI already has turned down one request to investigate the claims, saying it was out of the agency’s jurisdiction. Their letter cites laws that they said show the state does have jurisdiction to investigate.

A Cooper spokesperson said his office has the letter and is reviewing it.

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  • geowilrlst Jan 22, 2007

    One clip on each Teste will do the trick !

  • geowilrlst Jan 22, 2007

    Black is negative and Red is positive !

  • oneofdegataga Jan 19, 2007

    200 years?? Some of my ancestors have been fighting domestic terrorism since 1492.

  • nascarnutnc Jan 19, 2007

    wral_fake, your understanding of history is at a 1st grade level. we have been dealing with terrorizm in this country for over 200 years, used to be called sabatage, we call it terrorizm now because that word is scary. Let's just let the little Adolf in the White House do whatever he wants. That's what the German peolple did.

  • katgoesloco Jan 19, 2007

    If we are at war because we were attacked, then why aren't we at war with the people who attacked us? Iraq had nothing to do with 9/11. Where's Osama bin Laden? Why did we pull our special forces out of Afghanistan?

  • the original Milky Jan 19, 2007

    Builder - I don't think Hitler would be very proud of our Government after all we've done for Israel. That's way off the mark! And we don't do anything close to what the Nazi's did. We aren't gassing or skinning people alive. We don't have death camps. We are at war because we were attacked. You're comments are ignorant of the facts.

  • builder276 Jan 19, 2007

    come on, Hitler would be proud of our government. Why does the US think we need all this kind of stuff. If we have a defendant, can we not give them a fair trial. sounds quite unbalanced. Don't turn a blind eye like the German population did in the 1930' and 40's just because the government told them that it was necessary and it was popular. That's the way the rest of the world sees us today. They think our government is a bunch of thugs and our people are a bunch of sheeple. I'll agree with the sheeple part, andthe thug part too

  • geowilrlst Jan 19, 2007

    If hooking 10 or 1,000 suspects up to battery cables saves ONE AMERICAN SERVICE MEMBER I have only one thing to say !

    Black is negative and Red is positive !

  • Fence Straddler Jan 19, 2007

    We shouldn't waste taxpayer dollars investigating comments made off 60 Minutes' segments. The Aero Contractors company is a fully licensed and tax paid contributor to the State of North Carolina. I haven't seen any NTSB or FAA reports of problems with their aircraft or staff. Leave them alone. Another rabit trail with no end (left for taxpayer dollars to fetch).